Get together with your neighbors.
Discuss the 2020 Preliminary RBL District Budget
Nominations for the RBLPOA 2020 Board election on Sept 14
Update on RBL project to combat invasive Oriental Bittersweet vines — how you can help.
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This year’s Regatta will be Saturday, July 27, from 10:30 am to 5 pm. There’ll be lots of good old-fashioned fun: balloon popping, watermelon rolling, pie-eating contests — irresistible! And did I mention the fabulous food? Sausage and peppers, burgers, dogs, veggie burgers, and corn fresh off the grill. Yum.
Roaring Brook Lake Regatta –Awesome fun, Fabulous food
Registration will be by wristband for all attendees. Your wristband entitles you to food and beverages all day!
Half price if you purchase in advance! — Must purchase by Thursday, 7/25/19 for discount
Alejandro (“A. J.”) Reyes grew up fishing and swimming in the lakes of Putnam Valley. After obtaining his BS in ecology from SUNY Plattsburgh (2008) and his Master’s degree in Lake Management from SUNY Oneonta (2016), he worked on lakes all over the US —lakes in places as different as Montana, Alaska, Nevada, and North Carolina. He has hands-on experience managing difficult lake problems, including quagga mussels in the Hoover Dam, invasive lake trout in Yellowstone Lake, and hydrilla in North Carolina.
Last year, AJ took a job with Northeast Aquatic Research (NEAR), headed up by RBL’s 1990 lake manager, Dr. George Knocklein. NEAR manages other local lakes, including Lake Oscawana and Lake Tibet, who have been very happy with NEAR’s care. A. J. has come back to the lakes of his childhood.
A.J. has a holistic view of lake management. He believes that sustainability is the key to a balance between preservation and human enjoyment. He is a hands-on manager. He likes to be on the lake and to see things for himself. He also plans to be more of a presence on the lake – it’s no big deal for him to head over to RBL if there’s an unusual finding or a situation that needs monitoring. He wants to get to know the RBL community as well. If you see him in his boat, say hi!
We are happy with the studies that Princeton Hydro did from 2016 to 2018. However, the company is going through some changes. They had changed RBL lake managers once and they were about to assign a third lake manager for us. It was time for a change!
We feel lucky that A. J. moved to Putnam Valley at just this time. He will be able to pick up where Princeton Hydro left off, making use of the studies that we have done. We think, though, that he’ll be more personally invested and more interested in the future of Roaring Brook Lake.
Why do we need a lake manager, anyway?
Left on its own, a lake will follow a steady path of filling in (scientists call it eutrophication). First, it will become a wetland and eventually, a forest. Generally, human disturbance makes the process go faster. Human habitation –houses, septic systems, lawns and driveways — allow more sediment and more nutrients (nutrient pollution) to make their way into the lake. These human processes work together to speed up the process of filling in the lake. For example, our recent studies show that, in the deepest part of Roaring Brook Lake, 3 feet of sediment has already accumulated. We also know that the expected life of a septic system is 30 to 40 years. Many of the septic systems on the lake have outlived their time.
I speak for all of us in saying that the number of beach closings that we have had for toxic algae in the last 2 years is not acceptable. It is true that the toxic algae could just disappear on its own. But, it just makes sense to not count on that, and to be as careful and preventative as we can be.
A lake management plan is our attempt to slow eutrophication down. We want to be good stewards for our lake. We want to address the problems of today and, also, think about the future. Ideally, we would like to leave the lake in better shape than we came to it. We hope to preserve this tiny spot of calm and beauty for our children and grandchildren.
Your dues support the RBLPOA’s mission to keep the lake clean and clear, without overgrowth of toxic algae, weeds, or E. coli, and with a healthy, balanced lake ecology. Dues also make possible this website, the newsletter, and great community events like the Regatta and the Holiday Party.
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The RBLPOA was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1948 by the State of New York to promote the social, civic, cultural and material welfare and interests of the property owners in the Roaring Brook Lake community.
For 65 years the RBLPOA has been dedicated to:
Protecting the health and safety of Roaring Brook Lake, the lake's watershed, and the local environment.
Contributing to the well-being of our residents.
Protecting the quality of life and property values of the RBL District.